So here is today's question. How do you eat healthy on a budget? AND is it even possible to eat healthy on a budget?
My answer is a big fat YES! BLOODY OATH YOU CAN!
Here is why I know that it is so doable, because I have done it. SO MANY TIMES in my life I have found myself not in the best financial situation due to studying or restarting a business. Things were tight, however I did not go without healthy food and good meals. NEVER.
I hate it when people say " It's to expensive to eat healthy" yet they are buying there lunch out every
single day and ordering takeout for dinner becasue its percieved to be the "cheaper"option.
I beg to differ. It's not cheaper.
When I found myself in those "tougher" times and on a serious budget I hardly ever ate out. If I did it was a treat because things were so tight I couldn't spare to indulge.
My food budget for the whole week used to be $60-$80. That was including around 5 meals per day for a entire week.
So you could say I'm a bit of a pro at sticking to a food budget AND knowing how to stretch your money.
Even though I don't stick to one now I'm telling you right now IT IS DOABLE.
Here is how you compare;
If you eat lunch out everyday because it is "cheap" ( I get the concept around it a $7 thai meal with a can of coke, hard to compete with) HOWEVER... That is just for one meal.
If you are spending $7 a day for 7 days just to buy your lunch that's $49 on lunches alone. You can do much better than that.
For $49 you could go to the supermarket and buy;
1kg of chicken breast fillets $9
200g x Salmon fillets $6.99
Dozen Large free range eggs $4.20
1kg Rolled Oats $3.00
1kg green apples $5.00
2x Medium brown rice cups $2.00
1x Sweet Potato $1.75
6x steam fresh vegetables $6.40
1x punnet of strawberries $2.00
1kg of Greek yohgurt $5.00
1x Avocado $3.00
Total $48.34 (all prices relevant as I just referenced from the Coles website)
This food would probably last you for 4-5 days. Including snacks, lunch and dinner.
I want you to try this challenge. If you eat out a lot and think it's a cheaper option. Keep all of your food receipts for one week. Every meal you buy and make write it down for an entire week.
Then the following week I want you to try it my way. Go to the supermarket at the start of the week
and buy food for the entire week (most of the week). Your budget is what you spent for the whole of the previous week on food. You are not allowed to buy out at all in the second week.
The key before you go to the supermarket is to write down a list of all that you will NEED for the week. Then you can write a wish list. Obviously prices vary at the supermarket week to week. If it all works out cheaper you can have something on the wish list. This is what I used to do haha.
Let me know how you go. If you think you can get the same amount of meals eating out for the
same amount of meals you get when you grocery shop, Heck I want to know about it and I want to know where you are getting your meals from.
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